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From Lincoln’s election to the Civil War

This engraving sketch by Winslow Homer depicts a battle scene of the American Civil War (1861-1865).
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This engraving sketch by Winslow Homer depicts a battle scene of the American Civil War (1861-1865).

This episode originally aired on May 2, 2024.

What lessons can the five months leading up to the Civil War teach us about the political landscape of today?

A new book delves into that short span of time between Abraham Lincoln’s election and the start of the Civil War, calling it “a political horror story.”

It’s a reminder that we often don’t see a cataclysm coming until it’s too late.

Joining us this hour is author Erik Larson, one of the most popular authors of non-fiction history, discussing his new book The Demon of Unrest: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil War.

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